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- DiCaprio criticizes climate change deniers September 20, 2017
- DiCaprio criticizes climate change deniers September 20, 2017
- Talk Africa: China-Africa cooperation on poverty September 20, 2017
- Climate Change Workshop: Welcome and Talk The Challenges of Generation 1 5C September 20, 2017
- 40th Rhodes Women Anniversary September 20, 2017
- Standing up for the World: Sustainability and Climate Change Panel September 20, 2017
- How ‘personalized learning’ can put college in reach for nontraditional students September 20, 2017
- Hurricane Maria Targets Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands September 20, 2017
- China…If They Pull the Plug, We’re Screwed September 19, 2017
- Mark Hertsgaard: It’s not politics, it’s science – Start Making Sense from @TheNation September 19, 2017
- What is environmental racism and environmental justice? – #PoliticallyReactive with @wkamaubell September 19, 2017
- Dr. Michael E. Mann on attribution science and the tactics of inaction and delay – Bradcast September 19, 2017
- US rushes into liberated Syrian areas for access to rich oil fields – Fmr. Pentagon official September 19, 2017
- “Kerry Convening” Conference “Closing Plenary: Citizen Engagement & Activism ” September 19, 2017
- First Irma, now Maria. Here’s how U.S. territories are preparing for disaster September 19, 2017
- Magnitude 7.1 earthquake rattles Mexico City, Puebla September 19, 2017
- U.N. Leader Gives Climate Warning as U.S. Continues Exit from Paris Agreement September 19, 2017
- Category 5 Hurricane Maria Threatens Storm-Ravaged Caribbean September 19, 2017
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Category 5 Hurricane Maria Barreling Toward Puerto Rico September 19, 2017
- Republican Politicians Launch Their Own Fake News Website To Spread Propaganda September 19, 2017
- Trump Threatens To ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea In U.N. Speech September 19, 2017
- Jane Mayer / The Koch Brothers and the Weaponizing of Philanthropy September 19, 2017
- Koch Brothers Fuel the GOP’s War on Climate Science September 19, 2017
- The end of humanity: Nick Bostrom at TEDxOxford September 19, 2017
- Paris and Perspectives on Climate Change | Alice Bows-Larkin | TEDxYouth@Manchester September 19, 2017
- UN wonders whether US will pull out of Paris Climate Accords September 19, 2017
- TRNN SPECIAL: Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science September 19, 2017
- Category 5 Hurricane Maria threatens ‘disastrous damage’ in the Caribbean September 19, 2017
- US State, City Leaders Vow Support for Paris Agreement September 19, 2017
- Footage Category 5 Hurricane Maria Hits Dominica September 19, 2017
- Artist and Empire: Facing Britains Imperial Past: Alison Smith, David Blayney Brown, Carol Jacob September 18, 2017
- Noam Chomsky New Update Sep 19, 2017 – After the Electoral Extravaganza September 18, 2017
- Naomi Klein Warns Europe May Water Down Paris Accord to Win Support from Trump September 18, 2017
- Ex-Head of U.S. Operations for Shell to Lead Houston’s Harvey Recovery September 18, 2017
- Trump Admin Issues Conflicting Information About Paris Climate Deal September 18, 2017
- Exposing the real price of the US fracking industry September 18, 2017
- Landrush in Africa – (vpro backlight documentary – 2008) September 18, 2017
- Shale cowboys: fracking under Trump – (VPRO documentary – 2017) September 18, 2017
- #climatechange: End of the world as we know it | Life Links September 18, 2017
- Naomi Klein: We Are Seeing the Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma September 18, 2017
- No Is Not Enough: Naomi Klein on Bernie’s Medicare-for-All Bill & Future of Democratic Party September 18, 2017
- 350.org’s Bill McKibben on People’s Climate March: “Weekends Are for Fighting Tyranny” September 18, 2017
- Bernie Sanders’ Enlightening Climate Change Discussion With Bill McKibben September 18, 2017
- Bill McKibben On The Fate Of The Earth | The New School September 18, 2017
- Kahn Humanities Lecture: Bill McKibben September 18, 2017
- “Towards a New Past: the Legacies of British Slave-ownership” by Professor Catherine Hall September 18, 2017
- Liverpool (A Legacy of British Imperial Slave Trade) September 18, 2017
- What does London owe to slavery? (26 Oct 2010) September 18, 2017
- Legacies of British Slave-Ownership in the Long Eighteenth-Century September 18, 2017
- The Legacies of British Slave Ownership September 18, 2017
Daily Archives: December 20, 2015
In the photo: Glaciologist Jason Box, left, at work on the Petermann Glacier on Greenland’s northwest coast, which has lost mass at an accelerated pace in recent years. Box and his family left Ohio State for Europe a couple years ago, and he is relieved to have escaped America’s culture of climate-change denial (Photo: Nick Cobbing).
Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can’t really talk about it.
The incident was small, but Jason Box doesn’t want to talk about it. He’s been skittish about the media since it happened. This was last summer, as he was reading the cheery blog posts transmitted by the chief scientist on the Swedish icebreaker Oden, which was exploring the Arctic for an international expedition led by Stockholm University. “Our first observations of elevated methane levels, about ten times higher than in background seawater, were documented . . . we discovered over 100 new methane seep sites…. The weather Gods are still on our side as we steam through a now ice-free Laptev Sea….”
As a leading climatologist who spent many years studying the Arctic at the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at Ohio State, Box knew that this breezy scientific detachment described one of the nightmare long-shot climate scenarios: a feedback loop where warming seas release methane that causes warming that releases more methane that causes more warming, on and on until the planet is incompatible with human life. And he knew there were similar methane releases occurring in the area. On impulse, he sent out a tweet.
The tweet immediately went viral, inspiring a series of headlines:
CLIMATOLOGIST SAYS ARCTIC CARBON RELEASE COULD MEAN “WE’RE FUCKED.”
CLIMATE SCIENTIST DROPS THE F-BOMB AFTER STARTLING ARCTIC DISCOVERY.
CLIMATOLOGIST: METHANE PLUMES FROM THE ARCTIC MEAN WE’RE SCREWED.
The French government has stated that the COP21 climate summit will begin as scheduled at the end of November, but police have barred the huge planned marches and protests. Credit Photograph by Chesnot/Getty
Soon after the horrific terror attacks in Paris, last Friday, our phones filled with messages from friends and colleagues: “So are they going to cancel the Paris climate summit?” “The drums of war are beating. Count on climate change being drowned out.” The assumption is reasonable enough. While many politicians pay lip service to the existential urgency of the climate crisis, as soon as another more immediate crisis rears its head—war, a market shock, an epidemic—climate reliably falls off the political map.
After the attacks, the French government stated that the COP21 climate summit would begin as scheduled at the end of November. Yet the police have just barred the huge planned marches and protests, effectively silencing the voices of people who are directly affected by these high-level talks. And it’s hard to see how sea-level rise and parched farmland—tough media sells at the best of times—will have a hope of competing with rapid military escalation and calls for fortressed borders.
All of this is perfectly understandable. When our safety feels threatened, it’s difficult to think of anything else. Major shocks like the Paris attacks are awfully good at changing the subject. But what if we decided to not let it happen? What if, instead of changing the subject, we deepened the discussion of climate change and expanded the range of solutions, which are fundamental for real human security? What if, instead of being pushed aside in the name of war, climate action took center stage as the planet’s best hope for peace?